Cellphones in Japan

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Cellphones in Japan

Post by BrianM » Tue 09.19.2006 8:34 pm

I've seen movies made in 2000 and 2006, all Japanese and one thing i noticed is that almost all of them have these short strings or w/e u call it hanging off. Maybe a strap? Anyways i just wanted to know why most phones have them.

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Post by b4d0m3n » Tue 09.19.2006 8:54 pm

To hang the phones off belts, maybe?

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Post by Shado » Tue 09.19.2006 8:56 pm

I think you are talking about a wrist strap, and it's to hang the phone of your wrist. Or you can wrap the strap around your wrist so that when you hold your phone you reduce the risk of dropping it.

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Post by BrianM » Tue 09.19.2006 8:58 pm

oooo ok, thanks, tahts all i wanted to know lol,

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Post by Mukade » Tue 09.19.2006 10:36 pm

They're really just for decoration. Some extreme examples have high-school kids with 15 or 16 small stuffed animals hanging off their cell phone. It gets so bulky they need a seperate bag just to carry their phone!

But yeah, originally, I think, the cellphones came with a place to attach a neck or wrist strap, but it just became a place to hang your personal mojo.

The straps can be purchesed all over Japan, but they are also common 'bonus' items when you buy drinks, snacks, etc.

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Post by prep_girl_Nessa » Tue 09.19.2006 10:40 pm

There was a commercial once like that, only it was Gackt (A Japanese singer) hanging off the phone... and when someone called, he said "Ring Ring!" It was quite funny, actually.

But yeah, I think it's fashion and to keep it in a convinient place. Some people in America have those stupid looking phone holders... it's like the same thing, I think.

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Post by keatonatron » Tue 09.19.2006 11:38 pm

On my phone, I have a little spongebob figure that they were selling for cheap at KFC, and a rollercoaster car modelled after Fujiyama (the famous rollercoaster at Fujikyu) that I got after riding the real thing.

It's not on my phone, but I also have a Hard Gay one: it's a little black box with his picture on it, and when you press the button it lights up and plays his catchphrases.

As you can imagine, the outside of a cellphone is a pretty high-friction place, and I've gone through lots of straps! Which remings me, the decorative dealys are called "Keitai straps", so I'm pretty sure they evolved from actual carrying straps.

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Post by Harisenbon » Tue 09.19.2006 11:54 pm

I had a little windchime on mine that rang every time I moved while using the phone. It pissed off my mother in law so much that I had to start holding it to the phone when I talked so that it wouldn:t ring.

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Post by mewarmo990 » Wed 09.20.2006 6:16 am

ハードゲイです! WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! B)

Ahem, yeah. Cell phone strap clip thingies are everywhere in Japan. I have a SpongeBob thingy too.

Oh, and their cell phones come out two years ahead of ours.
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Post by becks23 » Wed 09.20.2006 7:11 pm

mewarmo990 wrote:
ハードゲイです! WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! B)
I remember watching one of his episodes where he goes about asking people if they wished their dad a happy father's day. When he asks one guy to phone his dad, he pulls his phone from...below his belt :|

He is incredibly funny though. オーケ!How he does that walk in public is beyond me
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Post by Harisenbon » Wed 09.20.2006 8:01 pm

Oh, and their cell phones come out two years ahead of ours.
Just 2?
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Post by keatonatron » Wed 09.20.2006 8:36 pm

And all Docomo phones now come standard with web browsing, video confrencing, and a 300-hour standby battery life.

I don't see that coming to the States in 2 years :D

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Post by Frumious Boojum » Wed 09.20.2006 9:31 pm

I used to have some Nightmare Before Christmas straps... One was a series of Jack Heads, another had a zero that blinked with incoming calls. They all had other charms to add to it. This was back before America cashed in on the Nightmare Before Christmas craze.

And now, you can go into a Verizon Wireless store and buy straps... surprised it took America so long to start offering them, especially now that many phones don't even have places to put wrist straps now!

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Post by Shibakoen » Wed 09.20.2006 9:36 pm

keatonatron wrote:
And all Docomo phones now come standard with web browsing, video confrencing, and a 300-hour standby battery life.

I don't see that coming to the States in 2 years :D
:@ Y'all are making me miss Japan even more. The crappy little phone I got from Sprint for $100 last year is no where close to the one I got from docomo for FREE 3 years ago. :@ American phones are crap. RAZR? PLZ... And if I hear that damn nextel walkie-talkie beep again, I'm going to swim back to Japan since I can't afford the plane ticket right now (or maybe I'll just make the redneck with the walkie wish he were in Japan).

Anyway, the craziest one of those phone accessories I ever saw was this one this girl had on the train where the phone was basically the mouth of the stuffed animal. Openning her phone was like openning the mouth of the doll. But those dangly thingies are definitely everywhere. 5 thingies hanging off seems pretty standard, but I have seen some with like 50. I've even seen salarimen talking on hot pink keitai with like 20 kitty-chan thingies. :o
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Post by chikara » Wed 09.20.2006 9:42 pm

keatonatron wrote:
And all Docomo phones now come standard with web browsing, video confrencing, and a 300-hour standby battery life.

I don't see that coming to the States in 2 years :D
My understanding is that the technology used in mobile (cell) phones in Japan is unique to Japan. My GSM phone which works in quite a number of countries, including the USA, is useless in Japan. I had to hire one to use while I was there.
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